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Bernard Guay, head of the tax office in the Municipal Affairs Department, recently wrote a vehement online letter against the on-going student protests, which have rocked the province.
The letter was published on the website of the Quebec City-based Le Soleil -- but generated such an outcry, including a street protest outside the paper`s offices, that the newspaper withdrew it and apologized to readers. You can read the original article, in French, here in PDF.
The text was titled, in rough translation, "For an end to the student strikes." Among other things, Guay urged opponents of the student strike to:
- draw on the "fascist movements" of the 1920s 30s to deal with "leftists" what the author terms "their own medicine";
- find the "means" to remedy this "wasteful and anti-social" situation by cabal, by organizing a secret political clique or faction (his word was `cabal`)
- the cabal would mobilize masses of students to cross their picket lines, and also assault the wearers of the symbolic red square
- when you see someone in the street wearing a red square, confront them, respond to the `bullying` of the students with a challenge
- "people who oppose the views in the left-wing controlled media (sic) must develop their own media... (such as the) popular radio stations in the regions of Quebec (which) worry our leftists, so they are constantly trying to discredit them by calling them trash-radio."
We must do everything, he says, to "overcome the tyranny of Leftist agitators" he writes.